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Theodore J. Gioia

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Books

Making the Case for the American Story

There is an inherent prejudice in literary culture against the story as a lesser art form than the novel.

Columns

A Second Look at Comedy in Twain

“The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” is undoubtedly a classic of American literature, but too often literary scholarship tries to defend every aspect of a masterpiece as a successful aesthetic decision of the author.

Books

Humor Reveals a Road to Faulkner

The ability to appreciate the comedic aspects of any great novel can expose new dimensions of a book’s complexities.

Books

Studying 'American Pastoral' to Understand 'The Road'

Cormac McCarthy’s “The Road” is one of the few recent novels that has achieved commercial as well as critical success.

Books

Leaving The Great Books Unfinished

I’ve accumulated a pretty impressive list of books that I’ve stopped reading. In fact, my growing catalog rivals many lists of the greatest novels ever written.

Free Time
Columns

In Search of Lost Time

Photo Man
Ivy League

Beyond The Silver Screen

Larry, In His Element
Scrutiny

Professor Summers

Data Sculpture
Visual Arts

Painting by the Numbers: Data Visualization